Character is Destiny

The Autobiography of Alice Salomon
Andrew Lees, Editor
An autobiography by the famous Alice Salomon--the German Jane Addams


In her autobiography, the remarkable feminist and social worker Alice Salomon recounts her transition in the 1890s from privileged idleness to energetic engagement in solving social problems. Salomon took the lead in establishing the profession of social work, and built a career as a social reformer, activist, and educator. A prolific author, Salomon also played a key role in the transatlantic dialogue between German and American feminists in the early twentieth century. Her narrative concludes with the account of her expulsion from Germany by the Nazis in 1937.

Salomon's formative influence on the field of social work makes her story crucial for the history of the discipline. This work will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the feminist and socialist movements or the political and social history of twentieth-century Germany. The volume also includes several of Salomon's essays on social work and women's issues, along with photographs of Salomon, her students, and her colleagues.

Andrew Lees is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rutgers University, Camden.

Praise / Awards

  • "Alice Salomon was a major figure in the history of feminism, social reform, and women's education. This captivating memoir contains not only the portrait of an important and interesting woman, but also a wealth of information on the history of women in social reform, German and international women's movements, and women's role in politics."
    ---Ann T. Allen, University of Louisville
  • "Alice Salomon's preeminence in the history of social welfare and women's rights make this fascinating autobiography particularly useful to scholars of history, social reform, and women's studies. Salomon's Jewish background also brings special qualities to her story that will surely attract those with an interest in Holocaust-related memoirs."
    ---Kathryn Kish Sklar, SUNY, Binghamton

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Copyright © 2004, University of Michigan. All rights reserved. Posted May 2004.

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  • 280 pages.
  • 6 half tones in text.
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  • 2010
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